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Domestic abuse – help and support is available

by Jonathan Kearney

Domestic abuse has many forms and includes controlling, coercive (behaviour such as threats, humiliation and intimidation), threatening or violent behaviour by a partner, ex-partner, family member or carer.

It’s important to know that you’re not alone and help and support is available, including:-

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ASK FOR ANI (Action Needed Immediately)
Victims of domestic abuse can now access support from thousands of pharmacies across the UK though the Ask for ANI scheme. The Ask for ANI (Action Needed Immediately) scheme allows those at risk or experiencing abuse to discreetly signal that they need help to access support. By asking for ANI, a trained pharmacy worker will offer a private space where they can understand if the victim needs to speak to the police or would like help to access support services such as a national or local domestic abuse helplines.



If you’re a Knowsley resident experiencing domestic abuse or you know someone who is, you are not alone, and help is available.

If you, your child, or anyone in the family are at immediate risk of harm, you should contact the police urgently, call 999. If you are not at immediate risk but are concerned, please contact one of the services listed below:

Knowsley Council Safer Communities Service (Specialist Domestic Abuse Service)
Tel: 0151 443 2610


Knowsley Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub

Tel: 0151 443 2600

The First Step (Specialist Domestic Abuse Service)

Tel: 0151 548 3333

Website: www.thefirststep.org.uk

Savera UK

Helpline 0800 107 0726


Support is also available through:

  • National Domestic violence Helpline 0808 2000 247
  • Men’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327
  • LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 999 5428
  • Women’s Aid – Live chat to Women’s Aid